Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Philo Semitism of Gabby Douglas

I have my doubts about the existence of God but this is one of the things that can briefly turn me into a full-fledged believer. I'm reading a gymnast's memoir--in this case that of 2012 Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas--and I come across the following statement: "I used to be Jewish." And then I know that God exists cause She has chosen to mix gymnastics and Judaism (which can be interwoven unlike wool and linen) just for me.

Over at Jewcy, I wrote about the curious Philo-Semitism of Douglas, who, along with the rest of her family, has dabbled in some Jewish traditions and rituals over the years. While remaining steadfastly Christian, she seems fond of Judaism and respectful of it. This young lady continues to be a class act.

After an earnest discussion of learning how to press from the floor up into a handstand, a move that becomes significantly more difficult once you develop hips, and with no attempt at transition, Douglas writes, “I used to be Jewish.” The connection between Judaism and handstands eludes even me.

You can read the entire story here

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